Minors

Architecture majors may, in addition to their primary degree, pursue minors in:

  • Architectural Design Fabrication

  • Architectural History

  • Architectural Representation and Visualization

  • Building Science

Non-architecture majors may, in addition to their primary degree, pursue minors in:

  • Architecture

  • Architectural History

  • Architectural Representation and Visualization

  • Architectural Technology

Contact the SoA academic advisor for more information.


Minor in Architecture

Available to non-architecture majors only

This sequence is for candidates who intend to develop intellectual links to the architectural profession. The scope of courses offered includes a full spectrum of professional issues in architecture. 

Prerequisite Courses

79-104 (9)
Global Histories
or
62-105 (6)
Exploring Pittsburgh
or
62-106 (9)
Architecture and the Arts
or
62-110 (9)
Passport to the Arts
 

Required Courses

48-100 (12)
Architecture Design Studio: Foundation I
or
48-095 (12)
Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I 

48-240 (9)
Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I

Elective Courses

62-125 (6)
Drawing I

62-126 (6)
Drawing II

62-122 (6)
Digital Media I

62-123 (6)
Digital Media II

48-215 (9)
Materials and Assembly

48-324 (9)
Structures/Statics

48-383 (12)
Ethics and Practice

48-452 (6)
Real Estate Design and Development

48-xxx (9)
Architecture History (pre-approval of coursework required)

48-xxx (9)
Architecture Elective (pre-approval of coursework required)

Minimum 54 units total


Minor in Architectural Design Fabrication

Available to architecture majors only

This sequence is intended for those who wish to develop focused, disciplinary expertise in both analog and digital material methods for shaping the built environment and become involved in a community of practice dedicated to a rigorous pursuit of making as a mode of architectural research and cultural expression. It is also for students interested in gaining advanced placement in the SoA's Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD) program.

Selective Courses

Minimum 30 units from the following:

48-470 (6)
Exploring Pattern Through Lamination

48-473 (6)
Hand and Machine Joinery, New Directions

48-531 (9)
Fabricating Customization

48-564 (9)
Furniture Design & Construction

48-___ (3-9)
Advanced Design Fabrication

xx-xxx
Pre-approved design fabrication related course

REQUIRED COURSES

48-545 (9)
Making Intelligence

48-555 (6)
Intro to Architectural Robotics

48-400/410/500/510 (18)
ASO Studio with digital fabrication emphasis

Minimum 63 units total


Minor in Architectural History

Available to both architecture majors (63 total units) and non-architecture majors (54 total units)
 

Required courses

48-240 (9)
Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I

48-241 (9)
Modern Architecture

Architectural History Electives (45 units for architecture majors; 36 units for non-architecture majors)

Minimum 54 units total (non-architecture majors)

Minimum 63 units total (architecture majors)


Minor in Architectural Representation and Visualization

Available to both architecture majors and non-architecture majors

This sequence is intended for those who wish to develop particular skills in architectural representation, and for those who are interested in gaining advanced placement in the SoA's Master degree program in Computational Design (MSCD). 

Required Courses

62-122 (6)
Digital Media I

62-123 (6)
Digital Media II

62-125 (6)
Drawing I

62-126 (6)
Drawing II

Selective Courses

48-568 (9)
Advanced CAD, BIM, and 3D Visualization

48-724 (6)
Scripting and Parametric Design

48-3xx (9)
Architectural Drawing Elective
pre-approval of coursework required

48-xxx (9)
Architectural Representation/Visualization Elective
pre-approval of coursework required

48-xxx (9)
Architectural Representation/Visualization Elective
pre-approval of coursework required

Minimum 54 units total (non-architecture majors)

Minimum 63 units total (architecture majors)


Minor in Architectural Technology

Available to non-architecture majors only

This sequence is intended for those who seek to develop intellectual links to the technical aspects of the profession.

Prerequisite Courses

33-141 (12)
Physics I for Engineering Students

21-120 (10)
Differential and Integral Calculus

Selective Courses

48-116 (9)
Building Physics

48-215 (9)
Materials and Assembly

48-324 (9)
Structures/Statics

48-315 (9)
Environment I: Climate & Energy

48-432 (9)
Environment II: Design Integration of Active Building Systems

48-752 (9)
Zero Energy Housing

48-xxx
Architectural Technology Elective (pre-approval of coursework required)

Minimum 54 units total


Minor in Building Science

Available to architecture majors only

This sequence is intended for those who wish to deepen their knowledge in the building sciences, and for those interested in gaining advanced placement in the SoA's Master degree programs in Building Performance & Diagnostics (MSBPD) or Sustainable Design (MSSD).

Required Course

48-722 (12)
Building Performance Modeling

Selective Courses

48-795 (6)
LEED, Green Design and Building Rating in Global Context

48-721 (12)
Building Controls and Diagnostics

48-723 (9)
Performance of Advanced Building Systems

48-729 (9–12)
Productivity, Health and the Quality of Buildings

48-749 (varies)
Special Topics in CD

48-752 (9)
Zero Energy Housing

Minimum 54 units total